“Grow or die.” It was a powerful opening statement by Mary Miller, President of Jancoa, that caught the attention of everyone at the September Bizwomen event. Growth was the theme of the event, and Mary Miller is a great and inspiring example of that lesson. Throughout her career, Mary has hit many trials and tribulations, including going through two divorces and bankruptcy. Through those experiences, she has been able to grow and find in herself the passion and growth to lead Jancoa Janitorial Services.
Here are some lessons Mary bestowed upon the crowd:
- Slow down and enjoy the path you’re on. She said if there was one thing she could tell her 20 year old self, it would be to quit being in such a hurry and enjoy the life as it is right now.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously- have fun. Mary believes being too serious is what led her to the two divorces and bankruptcy.
- Look in the mirror and ask yourself: Who am I? What are my goals, passions, and dreams?
- After figuring out your true passions and dreams, make sure you are pursuing them. At the end of our lives, people do not typically say, “I wish I worked more.” That is important to remember to keep focus on what is truly important in your life.
- Make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who support those dreams and growth.
The most important lesson (in my opinion) that Mary shared is to be truly present day to day. Make sure you prioritize your day and be completely present. You cannot feel guilty about your kids while at work, or guilty about work while at home. You can be in only one place at a time, and that is okay. So be present where you are, and strive to enjoy every day!
What are you doing to grow and change?
What lessons have you learned along your journey that have inspired you to grow?